1600W 185mm Circular Saw
Instruction Manual
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These instructions contain important information that will help you get the best from your Guild
circular saw, ensuring it remains safe to operate.
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Warning Symbols
The following warning symbols appear throughout this assembly manual and
indicate the appropriate safety measures you should take when assembling and
operating the circular saw.
To reduce the risk of injury, Please read the instruction manual
Wear ear protection
Wear dust mask
Double insulation
Do not stare into beam
Laser radiation
Waste electrical products must not be disposed of with household waste. Please recycle
where facilities exist. Check with your local authorities or retailer for recycling advice.
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General Power Tool Safety Warnings
WARNING! Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the
warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool
or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
1) Work area safety
a) Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
b) Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the
dust or fumes.
c) Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can
cause you to lose control.
2) Electrical safety
a) Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not
use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
b) Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces, such as pipes, radiators,
ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is
earthed or grounded.
c) Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will
increase the risk of electric shock.
d) Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the
power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or
entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
e) When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor
use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
f) If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a residual current
device (RCD) protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of electric shock.
3) Personal safety
a) Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a
power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the influence of
drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools
may result in serious personal injury.
b) Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective
equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection
used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
c) Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off-position before
connecting to power source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool.
Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or energising power tools that
have the switch on invites accidents.
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General Power Tool Safety Warnings
d) Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or
a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
e) Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better
control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
f) Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing
and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be
caught in moving parts.
g) If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities,
ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can reduce
dust-related hazards.
4) Power tool use and care
a) Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application.
The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
b) Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool
that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
c) Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery pack from the power
tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power
tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool
d) Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons
unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool.
Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
e) Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage
of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tool’s operation. If
damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by
poorly maintained power tools.
f) Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp
cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
g) Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in accordance with these
instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be
performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could
result in a hazardous situation.
Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical
replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
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Safety Warnings for all saws
DANGER: Keep hands away from cutting area and the blade. Keep your
second hand on auxiliary handle, or motor housing. If both hands are holding
the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade.
b) Do not reach underneath the workpiece. The guard cannot protect you from the blade
below the workpiece.
c) Adjust the cutting depth to the thickness of the workpiece. Less than a full tooth of
the blade teeth should be visible below the workpiece.
d) Never hold piece being cut in your hands or across your leg. Secure the workpiece
to a stable platform. It is important to support the work properly to minimize body
exposure, blade binding, or loss of control.
e) Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces only, when performing an
operation where the cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact
with a “live” wire will also make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could
give the operator an electric shock.
f) When ripping always use a rip fence or straight edge guide. This improves the
accuracy of cut and reduces the chance of blade binding.
g) Always use blades with correct size and shape (diamond versus round) of
arbour holes. Blades that do not match the mounting hardware of the saw will run
eccentrically, causing loss of control.
h) Never use damaged or incorrect blade washers or bolt. The blade washers and
bolt were specially designed for your saw, for optimum performance and safety of
Further safety instructions for all saws
Kickback causes and related warnings
- Kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched, bound or misaligned saw blade, causing
an uncontrolled saw to lift up and out of the workpiece toward the operator;
- When the blade is pinched or bound tightly by the kerf closing down, the blade stalls
and the motor reaction drives the unit rapidly back toward the operator;
- If the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the cut, the teeth at the back edge of the
blade can dig into the top surface of the wood causing the blade to climb out of the kerf
and jump back toward the operator.
Kickback is the result of saw misuse and/or incorrect operating procedures or conditions
and can be avoided by taking proper precautions as given below.
a) Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and position your arms to resist
kickback forces. Position your body to either side of the blade, but not in line with
the blade. Kickback could cause the saw to jump backwards, but kickback forces can
be controlled by the operator, if proper precautions are taken.
b) When blade is binding, or when interrupting a cut for any reason, release the trigger
and hold the saw motionless in the material until the blade comes to a complete
stop. Never attempt to remove the saw from the work or pull the saw backward
while the blade is in motion or kickback may occur. Investigate and take corrective
actions to eliminate the cause of blade binding.
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Further safety instructions for all saws
c) When restarting a saw in the workpiece, centre the saw blade in the kerf and check
that saw teeth are not engaged into the material. If saw blade is binding, it may walk
up or kickback from the workpiece as the saw is restarted.
d) Support large panels to minimise the risk of blade pinching and kickback. Large
panels tend to sag under their own weight. Supports must be placed under the panel
on both sides, near the line of cut and near the edge of the panel.
e) Do not use dull or damaged blades. Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce
narrow kerf causing excessive friction, blade binding and kickback.
f) Blade depth and bevel adjusting locking levers must be tight and secure before
making cut. If blade adjustment shifts while cutting, it may cause binding and
g) Use extra caution when sawing into existing walls or other blind areas. The
protruding blade may cut objects that can cause kickback.
Safety instructions for saws with check title guard, or tow guard
Lower Guard Function
a) Check lower guard for proper closing before each use. Do not operate the saw if lower
guard does not move freely and close instantly. Never clamp or tie the lower guard
into the open position. If saw is accidentally dropped, lower guard may be bent. Raise
the lower guard with the retracting handle and make sure it moves freely and does not
touch the blade or any other part, in all angles and depths of cut.
b) Check the operation of the lower guard spring. If the guard and the spring are not
operating properly, they must be serviced before use. Lower guard may operate
sluggishly due to damaged parts, gummy deposits, or a build-up of debris.
c) Lower guard may be retracted manually only for special cuts such as “plunge cuts”
and “compound cuts.” Raise lower guard by retracting handle and as soon as blade
enters the material, the lower guard must be released. For all other sawing, the lower
guard should operate automatically.
d) Always observe that the lower guard is covering the blade before placing saw down on
bench or floor. An unprotected, coasting blade will cause the saw to walk backwards,
cutting whatever is in its path. Be aware of the time it takes for the blade to stop after
switch is released.
Additional safety rules for circular saw
Always wear a dust mask, hearing protection and eye protection.
Only use saw blades recommended in the specification.
Do not use any abrasive wheels.
Use only blade diameter(s) in accordance with the markings.
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General Safety Warnings for your Laser
WARNING: Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the
warnings and instructions may result in serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
These lasers do not normally present an optical hazard although staring at the beam may
cause flash blindness.
Do not stare directly at the laser beam. A hazard may exist if you deliberately stare into
the beam, please observe all safety rules as follows:
1. The laser shall be used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s
2. Never aim the beam at any person or an object other than the work piece.
3. The laser beam shall not be deliberately aimed at another person and shall be
prevented from being directed towards the eye of a person for longer than 0.25
seconds area.
4. Always ensure the laser beam is aimed at a sturdy work piece without reflective
surfaces, e.g. wood or rough-coated surfaces are acceptable. Bright shiny reflective
sheet steel or similar is not suitable for laser applications as the reflective surface
may direct the laser beam back at the operator.
5. Do not change the laser device with a different type. The manufacturer or an
authorized agent must carry out repairs.
6. CAUTION: Use of controls or adjustments other than those specified herein may result
in hazardous radiation exposure.
Additional safety warning for class 2 laser
The laser device fitted to this tool is CLASS 2 with a maximum radiation of 1mW and
650nm wavelength.
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In The Box
1 Front handle
13 Saw blade
2 Motor housing
14 Lower guard lever
3 Laser guide
15 Vacuum adapter
4 Base plate angle scale
16 Fixed guard
5 Base plate bevel lock
17 Battery cover
6 Parallel guide
18 Laser on/off switch
7 Parallel guide lock knob
19 Spindle lock button
8 Cutting guide notch
20 Safety On/off switch
9 Lower blade guard
21 Lock-off button
10 Base plate
22 Depth of cut adjustment lever
11 Outer flange
23 Allen key
12 Blade bolt
11 10 9
8 7
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11 10 9
8 7
Vacuum adaptor
Allen key 1pc
Parallel guide
AAA batteries 2pcs
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Operating Instructions
NOTE: Before using the tool, read the instruction book carefully.
Intended use:
This tool is intended for lengthways and crossways cutting of wood with straight cutting
lines as well as bevel angles to 45° while resting firmly on the work piece.
Press the spindle lock button and use the allen key to loosen and remove the blade bolt
(12). Remove the outer flange (11). Rotate the lower blade guard clockwise by pushing the
guard lever to take out the old blade (13). Fit a replaced blade. Ensure that the blade bore
is located on the inner flange (a) and the blade direction arrow points in the same direction
as the fixed guard arrow. Place the outer flange, the blade bolt onto the blade bore. Press
the spindle lock again and use the allen key to tighten the bolt with 1/4 turn more than
finger tight. Check if the blade is securely clamped.
WARNING: Blade teeth are very sharp. For best cutting results ensure you use a
saw blade suited to the material and cut quality you need.
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Operating Instructions
Lift the depth of cut lock lever and raise the saw body away from the base plate. Set the
depth of cut with the scale and push the lever down to lock. Always add 3mm to your
depth of cut so that the blade can cut through the material.
Turn the base plate bevel lock in anti-clockwise direction to loosen the angle scale. Tilt
the base plate away from the tool until the required cutting angle is adjusted on the
angle scale. Tighten the bevel lock by turning it in clockwise direction. Do not use the
depth of cut scale when making bevel cuts due to possible inaccuracy.
Fasten the vacuum adapter (15) onto the dust extraction outlet until it latches.
Additionally fasten the vacuum adapter (15) to the fixed guard with the two screws.
Directly connect a suitable vacuum hose to the adapter.
Clean the vacuum adapter regularly to ensure optimum dust extraction. The vacuum
cleaner must be suitable for the material to be worked.
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Operating Instructions
Always hold your saw firmly with both hands when operating.
Your switch is locked off to prevent accidental starting. Depress the lock off button then
the on/off switch and release the lock off button. Your switch is now on. To switch off,
just release the on/off switch.
The blade may continue to rotate after switching off. Wait until the tool comes to a
complete stop before setting down.
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WARNING: Never stare directly into the laser beam and never point the beam at
anybody. The laser beam energy is extremely harmful to your eyes.
1) The laser guide is for the purpose of precision cutting. Make sure the batteries are
fitted in the laser guide before carrying out precision cutting. To fit the batteries, remove
the battery storage cover as shown, insert the 2 batteries (supplied), then replace cover.
(SEE FIG G1, G2, G3, G4)
NOTE: Ensure correct battery polarity.
2) Depress the laser on/off switch button, the laser guide then projects a visible red line
on the workpiece surface; make your cut along the red line. (SEE FIG G5, G6)
NOTE: The sawdust may block the laser beam, clean the laser generator periodically.
Switch off the laser when you stop the tool. The laser does turn not off automatically.
Switch off the laser when tool stops.
Take out batteries if you do not need to use the laser for a long time.
Never stare directly into the laser beam and never point the beam at anybody.
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Operating Instructions
It is used for making cuts parallel to a workpiece edge at a chosen distance. Slide the
parallel guide arm through the fixture to achieve the required cutting distance then
tighten the lock knob to clamp. It can be used from both sides of the base plate. For
straight cuts, use the 0° guide mark to align with your parallel guide scale. For a 45°
bevel cut, use the 45° guide mark to align with your parallel guide scale. Securely clamp
the parallel guide.
NOTE: It is best to carry out a trial cut.
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Working Hints For Your Circular Saw
If your power tool becomes too hot, run your circular saw no load for 2-3 minutes to cool
the motor. Avoid prolonged usage at very low speeds.
Always use a blade suited to the material and material thickness to be cut. The quality of
cut will improve as the number of blade teeth increase.
Always ensure the work-piece is firmly held or clamped to prevent movement. Support
large panels close to the cut line. Any movement of the material may affect the quality
of the cut. The blade cuts on the upward stroke and may chip the uppermost surface or
edges of your work piece. When cutting, ensure your uppermost surface is a non-visible
surface when your work is finished. Feeding too fast significantly reduces the performance
of the tool and shortens the life of the saw blade. Always face the good side of the workpiece down, to ensure minimum splintering. Only use sharp saw blades of the correct
Remove the plug from the socket before carrying out any adjustment, servicing or
Your power tool requires no additional lubrication or maintenance. There are no user
serviceable parts in your power tool. Never use water or chemical cleaners to clean your
power tool. Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Always store your power tool in a dry place. Keep the
motor ventilation slots clean. Keep all working controls free of dust. Occasionally you may
see sparks through the ventilation slots. This is normal and will not damage your power tool.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent or
similarly qualified persons in order to avoid a hazard.
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Technical Data
Technical Data Table
Power input
No load speed
Blade size
Blade bore
Cutting capacity
Bevel capacity
Protection class
Machine weight
Noise Information
A weighted sound pressure A weighted sound power
Wear ear protection.
LpA : 96.2dB(A)
LwA : 107.2dB(A)
KpA & KwA=3.0dB(A)
Vibration Information
Vibration total values (triax vector sum) determined according to EN 60745:
Vibration emission value
Cutting wood ah,W = 3.246m/s2 Uncertainty K =1.5m/s²
The declared vibration total value may be used for comparing one tool with another, and
may also be used in a preliminary assessment of exposure.
WARNING: The vibration emission value during actual use of the power tool can
differ from the declared value depending on the ways in which the tool is used
dependant on the following examples and other variations on how the tool is used:
How the tool is used and the materials being cut or drilled.
The tool being in good condition and well maintained
The use the correct accessory for the tool and ensuring it is sharp and in good condition.
The tightness of the grip on the handles and if any anti vibration accessories are used.
And the tool is being used as intended by its design and these instructions.
This tool may cause hand-arm vibration syndrome if its use is not adequately managed
WARNING: To be accurate, an estimation of exposure level in the actual conditions
of use should also take account of all parts of the operating cycle such as the
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Technical Data
Vibration Information
times when the tool is switched off and when it is running idle but not actually doing the
job. This may significantly reduce the exposure level over the total working period.
Helping to minimize your vibration exposure risk.
ALWAYS use sharp chisels, drills and blades.
Maintain this tool in accordance with these instructions and keep well lubricated (where
If the tool is to be used regularly then invest in anti vibration accessories.
Avoid using tools in temperatures of 100C or less.
Plan your work schedule to spread any high vibration tool use across a number of days.
Environmental Protection
Waste electrical products must not be disposed of with household waste. Please
recycle where facilities exist. Check with your local authorities or retailer for
recycling advice.
This product is selected for DOMESTIC USE ONLY and not for business use.
This product is guaranteed against manufacturing defects for a period of 24 months. This
does not cover the product where the fault is due to misuse, abuse, use in contravention of
the instructions, or where the product has been the subject of unauthorised modifications
or alterations, or has been the subject of commercial use. In the event of a problem with
the product within the guarantee period please return it to your nearest store. If the item is
shown to have an inherent defect present at the time of sale, the store will provide you with
a replacement. Your statutory rights remain unaffected.
Issue1 08/2015
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Declaration of Conformity
This Guild 1600W 185mm Circular Saw model number PSC185GH fully complies with
the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/
EC(before 2016/04/20) and 2014/30/EC(since 2016/04/20), RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and
the following harmonized EU standards
EN 60745-2-5: 2010
EN 60745-1: 2009 + A11: 2010
EN 55014-1: 2006 + A1:2009 + A2:2011
EN 55014-2: 1997 + A1:2001 + A2:2008
EN 61000-3-2: 2014
EN 61000-3-3: 2013
This declaration is made under the sole responsibility of Argos Ltd, 489/499 Avebury
Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW
Category Technical Manager
Issued 20/10/2015
Plug Replacement (Uk & Ireland Only)
If you need to replace the fitted plug then follow the instructions below.
The wires in the mains lead are colored in accordance with the following code:
Blue – Neutral
Brown – Live
As the colors of the wires in the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with the
coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows. The wire
which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal which is marked with N. The
wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the terminal which is marked with L.
Never connect live or neutral wires to the earth terminal of the plug. Only fit an
approved BS1363/A plug and the correct rated fuse.
Note: If a moulded plug is fitted and has to be removed take great care in disposing of the
plug and severed cable, it must be destroyed to prevent engaging into a socket.
13 Amp fuse approved
to BS1362
Blue to N
Outer sleeve
firmly clamped
Brown L (live)
Cable grip
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